The Latest: White House Won't Comment on Sandoval's Remarks

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Las Vegas (AP) -- The Latest on Nevada's governor saying he's not interested in being considered for the Supreme Court vacancy. (all times local):

1 p.m.

The White House says it won't comment on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's announcement that he doesn't want to be considered for the Supreme Court.

The Republican governor said Thursday he notified the White House and top-ranking senators of his decision. Sandoval spoke out after being identified as a possible candidate to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He offered no reason for his decision.

The Senate's vetting process for any nominee is expected to be viciously political, if hearings take place at all.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he won't offer detailed updates on the president's short list.

President Barack Obama is still considering potential candidates and consulting privately with lawmakers. The White House also has contacted the offices of all Senate Judiciary Committee members.

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11:45 a.m.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he told the White House he's not interested in being considered for the Supreme Court right now.

Sandoval's office issued a statement Thursday following news that the White House was considering him as a potential replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Republican governor didn't offer a reason for his decision. But he says the notion of being considered for the highest court in the land is "beyond humbling" and he is "incredibly grateful" to be mentioned.

He says he also expressed his position to senators Harry Reid, Dean Heller and Mitch McConnell.

The 52-year-old Sandoval is a former federal judge and a second-term governor.

The search for a Scalia replacement has already become highly contentious and political.

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